there's a couple other people we have gotten out and other families, make sure they made it to dry land. >> reporter: lucky for his neighbors, michael is a surfer and kayaker, so he had a wet suit, also a boy scout, so he says he's always prepared. this area is known as the eighth avenue neighborhood and the water we're in right now, normally a street, an avenue, about 4 feet deep, so luckily, most of the residents, not all of them, but mote most of them did evacuate before hurricane sandy even hit. irene mccann evacuated to her son's house. but now she's returned, and she needs michael's help to reach her home. >> how much damage is in your home? >> almost to the porch. we have a tall, high porch, and it's right up there. hot water heater, furnace, everything gone. my husband's tools, everything.